The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center, the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit based in Sequim that services injured, abused, or orphaned wild animals, is currently raising 14 baby owls from three different species.
The center raised and released a dozen orphaned baby barn owls last year with the help of two surrogate mother barn owls. Each barn owl treated by the center survived to be released.
Jaye Moore, the center's founder and executive director, is now raising 12 healthy barn owl chicks from four different clutches, one orphaned Western screech owl chick and one barred owl chick with an apparent brain injury.
"This year's owls are as rowdy and adorable as last year's, and we hope they will also have the chance to fly free in the wild," said Moore, who received the Clallam County Community Service Award in 2011 for her three decades of unpaid work as a wildlife rescuer and rehabber.
"Generally, we get baby owls when they are knocked out of the nest by siblings competing for food, and we take care of them with the help of surrogate parent owls, who are permanent residents with incurable conditions who live at the center and help show the owlets the ropes."
Though most of the owls were found locally, one baby barn owl was brought from Bremerton after being discovered in a load of hay that had been transported from Idaho.
For more information on the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center, please visit NWRaptorCenter.com, and, to see more updates and photos on the owls' conditions, see www.facebook.com/northwestraptorcenter.
The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center is staffed exclusively by volunteers, receives no government or grant funding, and spends every cent on the care of its animals, surviving only on local donations.
Moore, her volunteers and a number of ambassador animals are making presentations at the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire at Carrie Blake Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.